One of our readers Justine has written in asking “What type of saucepan should I use on an induction hob?”
Thanks for the message Justine, we discussed how to pick the perfect saucepan previously here
But I’ll try to go into a bit more information on Induction hobs here.
So what is an induction hob?
An induction hob uses induction to cook, therefore pans must be conductive. This is because the hob itself doesn’t become hot or create heat. Only the pan is heated through conduction.
This makes Induction hobs very energy efficient – Pick up the pan off the hob and energy stops being used (on many models). Also heat is not wasted by going into the air as the pan itself is being heated directly.
They are very quick to heat aswell, depending on the cookers wattage a stirfry pan could be ready for cooking in as little as 10 minutes.
For an induction hob to work the saucepan sits on top of the hob where it conducts heat. The best saucepans benefit from being flat bottomed as they have more contact with the hob.
Saucepans must be ferromagnetic in order to conduct the heat. Aluminium and other non magnetic materials will not work on an induction hob.
As Induction hobs heat very quickly beware of thin saucepans, as a sharp burst of heat could burn food.
Our Saucepan picks
There are many saucepans which work with induction hobs as this is becoming a very popular hob type as people convert from gas.
Here are two
The Le Creuset Cast Iron Saucepan set is perfect for use on a induction hob. The enamelled finish makes these saucepans incredibly durable. Click here to read more and buy
Meyer are a well known Saucepan manufacturer with a great reputation. These heavy gauge Hard Anodised pans are perfect for Induction hobs. Click here to read more and buy from Amazon UK
Thanks for your question Justine I hope this helps.
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